On January 18, 2021, to honor the 35th anniversary of the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday, Legendary Hip Hop Hall of Fame MC Grandmaster Melle Mel released 2 new songs, "All Lives Matter aka Fake" & "Black Lives Matter (Real)". Both songs will be given away as a free download now, and continuing throughout February, Black History Month. These two songs were recorded in recognition of the 2020 Worldwide Black Lives Matter Movement, and as motivation for all to keep up the pressure on newly elected officials to act on the issued raised by the people moving forward into 2021.

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Grandmaster Melle Mel is the leader of The Furious 5, the group that gave Hip Hop its name. Teamed with DJ Grandmaster Flash, they are the first Hip Hop act to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They are among the first Hip Hop artists to have artifacts from their career put on at the Smithsonian Institute of American History.

 

Melle Mel was the first rapper to call himself an MC and is considered the original GOAT - Greatest Of All Time. His song "The Message", co-written & performed with Sugarhill Records session musician Duke Bootee (c1951-January 13, 2021) is considered the Greatest Record in Hip Hop history. It was the first Hip Hop record to be added to the United States National Archive of Historic Recordings and first inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  

 

He was also the first rapper to appear on a Grammy winning record ("I Feel For You" w/ Chaka Khan). Melle Mel performed w/ Stevie Van Zant, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan & others as a member of Artists United Against Apartheid on "Sun City". The song premiered at the United Nations and raised millions of dollars in the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. He also performed with Whitney Houston & an All Star lineup of Hip Hop & R&B stars on the song "King's Dream", recorded as part of the day MLK Day became an official holiday 35 years ago.

 

On March 13, 2021, Grandmaster Melle Mel joins the rest of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 in becoming the first Hip Hop act ever to win a lifetime Grammy Award.

 

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